Just hours after it was reported Friday that the Dolphins have already reached out to Jay Cutler, a source told Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post that the veteran quarterback indeed wants to resume his NFL career and reunite with Miami head coach Adam Gase.

The connection began to take shape when the Dolphins lost Ryan Tannehill to a potentially significant knee injury in Thursday’s training camp practice.

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Cutler announced his retirement from football in May, repeatedly stating over the following weeks that he was content to move on to broadcasting without looking back.

An opportunity with the Dolphins may present the perfect situation for Cutler’s quick return to the field, though, since he’s familiar with Gase’s offensive system and would be joining a team with its sights set on another playoff berth.

In Gase’s lone season as offensive coordinator with the Chicago Bears, Cutler play at what may have been the most efficient level of his career. Despite his No. 1 receiver being forced in and out of the lineup due to injury, the Vanderbilt product connected on 64.4 percent of passes for 3,659 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions.

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